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This article examines intermediary governance space in China’s urban neighbourhood governance. It identifies new local governance mechanisms and state-society relations through which urban and rural governance intertwine to interact with landless farmers during their introduction to and settlement in existing urban neighbourhoods. Through qualitative data collected in Suzhou, this study reveals the emergence of an intermediate governance space at the neighbourhood level, involving intermediary governance actors and organisations including agents of the Party-state, market groups, and social organisations. In the context of relocation communities, this article examines: how residents’ committees are put into place to carry out governance tasks; in what ways the land-losing farmers organise themselves and are mobilised to adjust to a new residential environment, and to what extent conflicts of interest are moderated within the neighbourhoods. The findings suggest dynamics of emerging intermediary governance space and actors in relocation communities. Performing as the liaison between the Party-state and the relocated villagers, the intermediary actors and organisations employ flexible practices and strategies in negotiating the relations between the state, the market, and the citizens produced through neighbourhood governance affairs.

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Full text document will be published online on June 2020.

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Bibliographical reference

Beibei Tang, « Intermediary Governance Space in Relocation Neighbourhoods », China Perspectives, 2019-2 | 2019, 57-65.

Electronic reference

Beibei Tang, « Intermediary Governance Space in Relocation Neighbourhoods », China Perspectives [Online], 2019-2 | 2019, Online since 10 June 2020, connection on 04 April 2020. URL : ; DOI :

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About the author

Beibei Tang

Beibei Tang is a senior associate professor and head of the Department of Chinese Studies at Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University. She is currently working on urbanization and neighbourhood governance in urban

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